Where to Eat and Drink in Malta
Collected by Sara Lieberman, AFAR Contributor
Flavors abound in Malta! Whether you’re looking for something rustic or fresh, traditional or contemporary, there’s a stew or a fish to sate your hunger—plus a gin cocktail and some live jazz to go with it.
4, 5 Quarry Wharf, Valletta, Malta
As one of the few super posh places to eat in Valletta, this restaurant with a Montauk-meets-Mediterranean ambience not only boasts a stellar location just beside the harbor, but the menu prices to match. Dishes like beef tartare with Parmesan and...
76 Merchants St, Valletta, Malta
Those looking to vibe California should seek out this new spot for lunch where a reasonably-priced menu of healthy snacks and dishes can be enjoyed on a sidewalk terrace, overlooking popular Merchants Street. Try the refreshing “Summer Salad” with...
Follow the signs to this hidden spot on a stone-walled corner in Gozo’s capital city of Victoria for an Italian meal worthy of a “Mama Mia!” Multiple rooms with cave-like stone arches provide a charming, yet cheeky atmosphere where wooden tables...
53a Old Theatre Street, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta
With cozy round booths lining a gallery wall of black and white photographs, and a long, wooden communal table under antique lanterns, this new brasserie and bar has all the trappings of hipsters gone anchor’s up—and with quality food, to boot!...
22 Old Bakery Street, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta
Housed in an atmospheric 16th century building, Guzé Bistro has been winning over locals and visitors alike with its fresh Mediterranean menu focused on seasonal produce. Service is very personable and an extensive wine list accompanies main...
8, Triq il-Bajja, Ballutta Bay, San Giljan, Malta
Located in an old town house, Peperoncino offers a warm, cozy atmosphere in its limestone walled dining room and boasts views across Balluta Bay from its terrace. The menu features dishes with Maltese, Sicilian, and Italian influences. The...
143 St Domnic Street, Valletta VLT 1605, Malta
Wander off the main street, lose the tourists, and head up the hilly side streets to find Nenu. This artisan bakery is downstairs in a restored, classic bakery that was refurbished to preserve the art of Maltese baking. I enjoyed the the Ftira...
133, Triq Spinola, St Julian's, Malta
Set on the edge of scenic Spinola Bay, friendly Gululu serves up simple, traditional Maltese dishes to an always-buzzing crowd of tourists and locals alike. You can take a seat at one of the outside tables that spill out toward the water's edge,...
5, Saint Agatha's Esplanade, L-Imdina MDN 1160, Malta
After meandering through the maze-like walls of this old city, tuck into this charming cafe where leafy grape vines climb the courtyard walls and there’s incredible midday light. The menu offers something for everyone, from the unique Maltese...
32 Strait St, Valletta VLT 1031, Malta
Among a handful of options on boozy Strait Street, this super quirky spot is a must-stop for fans of gin as they boast over 81 varieties and 35 different tonic waters to pair with them. You could spend an hour just flipping through their...
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